I didn’t get a before picture. I think most of us have seen it though. That dreaded ugly white ring that forms on the inside of the black crock pots. Now, if any of you have read this blog for any length of time then you already know we aren’t schooled in cleaning. We do dishes daily and we do laundry once a week but cleaning isn’t our forte and we are constantly scared of screwing something up.
That being said, that white ring needed to go. I tried an SOS pad, a scrubby sponge, and various types of soap and still had no luck. I googled the white ring and discovered its supposedly (according to The Kitchnn blog) a harmless mineral deposit. The Kitchnn blog also gave 3 suggestions on how to clean your crock pot. I opted for number 3 and grabbed our vinegar since our problem was the white ring and not stuck on food.
Got the Vinegar… Now What?
The directions said to fill up the Crock Pot with water and add one cup of white vinegar. Once you do that you are supposed to leave it for a few hours or overnight and then wash it like normal and the white ring should be gone. Well, forgive me for being skeptical but that sounded way too easy. However, I had a white ringed Crock Pot, white vinegar, and plenty of time.
So I filled up the Crock Pot, added the cup of white vinegar, and informed the family that I was performing an experiment on the Crock Pot so please don’t move it. They were confused but obliged. Most likely they were confused because Mama already knew the white ring was harmless and none of us are known for taking action like this. They obliged because they like to see us try new things.
I wanted to give it a fair shot so I left it for a full 24 hours. This morning I emptied it out and washed it up and the ring was gone! No scrubbing involved! For real you guys!
So there you go. I have shown you how to clean out that annoying white ring. You’re welcome. I even did it first and proved it worked. You’re welcome for that too.